Meet the Team

We at Surbiton Smile Centre believe that our practice is based on the professional excellence of our team of dedicated specialists. We are all fully qualified in our respective fields and constantly keep up-to-date with the latest equipment and techniques, through attending postgraduate studies and courses.

Dr. Simin Soltani

DDS . MSC . Sweden
General, Cosmetics, Dental Implants, Endodontics, Prosthodontics, Periodontal treatment

Dr. Simin Soltani graduated from Karolinska institute in Stockholm, Sweden in 1994. After working as a dental surgeon for 6 years in several private clinics across London & Stockholm, she established the Surbiton Smile Centre in 2002 with the aim of provide the best quality dental care to each individual patient.

She devoted one year to studying Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry to gain further expertise in Cosmetic Dentistry. Shortly thereafter she completed a diploma in Implant Dentistry at the Eastman Dental Institute in London, followed by a post-graduate Master program of Westphalia Wilhelm’s University of Muenster, Germany in 2010-2012, where she received her Master’s Degree in Oral Medicine in Implantology. The program is mainly focused on Implant Dentistry, surgical procedures such as bone grafting, bone augmentation, and sinus lift procedures.

Dr. Soltani is an advocate of Preventive Dentistry and believes minimal and aesthetically-aware dentistry is the best approach for her patients in the long term. She strives to make such level of quality in dental care affordable for everyone. She and her team members are committed to carrying out reliable, long-term, and predictable treatment for patients in all stages of life.

Dr. Soltani offers Dental Implant Treatment, High Aesthetic VeneersCeramic Crowns and Bridge work, Bone GraftingPeriodontal Surgery and Rehabilitation, Occlusal Reconstructions, and Full Mouth Reconstruction. Over the years, her expertise has helped many patients restore their smile to their natural beauty using the latest technology in dental care.

Simin is fluent in English and Farsi.

Prof. Dr. med. dent. Ingo Voges

DDS . MSC . Germany
Implant & Periodontal Specialist

Dr. Ingo Voges graduated from the University of Dental & Oral Surgery, in Kiel, Germany in 1993. He received specialized training in full mouth rehabilitation and restoration at the University Hospital in Munster for two years.

To pursue his passion for dental implants and periodontology, he then took up a specialist position at the International Centre for Dental Implantology (IFZI) in Nuremberg, Germany, where he performed many specialized procedures in full-mouth restoration including dental implants, bone grafting and sinus lift.

During this time, he also pursued a postgraduate study in Oral Medicine and Implantology at the Westphalia Wilhelm’s University of Muenster (IMC). He gained a master’s degree, M. Sc. in Oral Medicine and Implantology.

Dr. Voges actively coaches and mentors’ other dentists internationally. He has a teaching position in implantology at the University of Munster and is involved in academic research in the same subject. Dr. Voges works with dental teams in several countries across Europe, particularly focusing on complex patient cases. He routinely works in hospitals and clinics in Hamburg, Helsinki and Switzerland. His focus is on treating patients with complicated dental problems by offering advanced dental treatments for gum disease, implants, bone grafts, sinus lift, and soft tissue grafts.

Dr.Voges is highly regarded by his patients and colleagues for his professionalism, dedication, and quality of care.

Dr Ingo Voges is one of the leading dental implant surgeons in Germany, Switzerland, and Finland. He offers the most advanced dental implant solutions from single tooth replacement to complete (full) mouth restorations, often known as The Dental Facelift.

Since 2018 he is the Medical Manager of the IFZI Nuremberg, Germany, offering postgraduate implant courses for national and international dentists.

He is based in Germany and only provides his world-class dental implant procedures for London patients at Surbiton Smile Centre. We are proud to have him as part of our dedicated team of experts.

Ingo speaks English and German.

Dr. Nilufar Ruhparwar

MDS, MSC, M.Orth - Germany
Orthodontist Specialist

Nilufar is a highly experienced and skilled orthodontist and has been providing excellent care for her young and adult patients for over 20 years. Qualifying as a dentist in 1996 she started her orthodontic specialist training programme in Germany, which she completed in 2006. She carried on with 2 years additional training in the UK at Guy’s hospital.

She is a top rated, caring specialist orthodontist trying to make her treatment the most pleasant experience possible for all her patients by using the very highest standards in advanced modern orthodontics and speedy treatments, with the best possible outcome.

She focuses very much on facial aesthetics providing not only a good bite but also a beautiful smile with facial harmony. Invisible braces have been a main focus for many years and she has treated some of the most complex cases using lingual appliances.

She is also well known for non-surgical and non-extraction orthodontic techniques saving patients from going under the knife or having healthy teeth extracted. She is an active member of the British Orthodontic Society and the British Dental Association.

Nilufar is fluent in English, German, and Farsi.

Dr. Tony Caen

BDS, PDD (Sedation & Pain Management), Cert Dent Sed. New Zealand & UK
Visiting Sedationist

Tony is one of the most qualified dental sedationists in the UK. His primary interest is in making the patient’s experience as comfortable as possible.

He is trained as a dentist in New Zealand and returned to UK in 1977. As this was in the days before specialists were so numerous and available he became a General Practitioner working on the NHS and privately.

He did everything from simple fillings to endodontic and advanced Minor Oral Surgery (apicectomies, surgical removal of wisdom teeth, implants, etc.). He found his interest in general anaesthesia and sedation that helped with patient management and acceptance of treatment plans.

He sold his practice in 2000 and returned to New Zealand for a while. When he came back to the UK he decided to follow his main interest in dentistry which is people. He did two postgraduate qualifications in Sedation and Pain Management, one in South Africa and one in London and have continued to work as a travelling seditionist ever since. Outside general and specialist dental practices he has also worked in community dentistry and a Secure Mental Establishment (Broadmoor).

Dr. Theo Swanepoel

Specialist in Orthodontist Treatment/Invisalign

With more than 28 years of experience and dedication to the field of Orthodontics, I strive to provide a pleasant patient journey combined with an excellent standard of care. I practice contemporary evidence-based orthodontics. The highlight of a working day is to see a patient with a great smile at the end of treatment, leading to my mission statement “a smile is a language everyone understands”.

I can use any kind of brace system available today, but my preference is in choosing between Win Lingual, Twin-wing or Self-ligating systems, Invisalign or in children, functional appliances.

I have 20 years of experience in providing NHS Orthodontic Services. I have worked in Specialist Orthodontic Practice since 2006, after limiting my field of practice to Orthodontics in 1998. I started using the Invisalign system in 2003 and have treated thousands of cases successfully. I attained a Masters Degree in Orthodontics in 2018, so you can be sure my knowledge is the most up to date, and combined with all the valuable years of experience, you are in safe hands.

Theo speaks English and Afrikaans.

Dr. Carl Manhem

Visiting maxillofacial surgeon

Dr. Carl Manhem qualified from Dental College, University of Gothenburg, Sweden in 1983. He completed his specialisation in Oral Surgery in 1994 at University of Linköping, Sweden.

Carl worked in two University Hospitals in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Stockholm, Sweden and Aarhus, Denmark as Assistant Professor for five years. During this period, he also worked at several Implant Clinics and a Private Hospital as a Consultant with implant treatment of patients with all kinds of complex cases.

In 1998 he moved to London, England, and worked at the Eastman Dental Institute, University College London. First as Clinical lecturer, full-time, at the Department of Oral and Maxillo-facial Implantology until 2002 and from 2002 Clinical lecturer part-time at Eastman Dental Institute – Continuing Professional Development, University College London to date.

His main clinical interests are Implantology, in which he has 20 years of experience and several thousand Dental Implants placed, Reconstructive Surgery and Orthognathic Surgery and teaching in the above-mentioned areas. Since October 2000, he has run Implantology courses at EDI -CPD, University College London and also lectures nationally and internationally.

Carl is married to Kylie and has four children. He enjoys downhill skiing, golf and going to the gym.

Rupa Balaji

Mrs Rupa Balaji

Dental Hygienist
Rupa joined Surbiton Smile centre in August 2020 after graduating from the prestigious Queen Mary University of London, Barts and the London dental school. Rupa excelled at the university and was awarded the Honour of receiving the Deans prize for Academic excellence and commitment.
After Graduating, Rupa was offered a place in the Foundation therapy scheme conducted by the Health of England which helped her hone her skills. Rupa is passionate about evidence-based dentistry and keeps up to date with the latest developments to provide excellent care to her patients. Rupa is a dedicated and enthusiastic dental hygienist and therapist and believes in providing a holistic approach to oral health care by educating patients to achieve optimal oral health. Rupa’s calm and friendly demeanour makes her great with nervous patients.
Outside her work, she loves cooking and spending time with her family.

Fernanda Machado

RDN – Dental Nurse

Fernanda joined our team in January 2013, has become a vital member of the team. She has been working closely with Dr Soltani and Dr Voges assisting then with all type of dental treatment. She also works with Dr Swanepoel as an orthodontic dental nurse.

Fernanda is keen on learning about all aspects of dentistry. She is very caring and able to put them on easy by her kindness and patience. Fernanda has over 10 years experience in dental nursing, enjoys playing Maracatu, a Brazilian rhythm which is presented at the Notting Hill Carnival.

Fernanda speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish.


Fernanda se unió a nuestro equipo en enero de 2013, s e ha convertido en un miembro vital del equipo. Ha estado trabajando estrechamente con la Dra. Soltani y el Dr. Voges ayudando entonces con todo tipo de tratamiento dental. También trabaja con el Dr.Swanepoel como enfermera dental ortodoncia. Fernanda está interesada en aprender sobre todos los aspectos de la odontología. Ella es muy amabl e con los pacientes y capaz de ponerlos en fácil por su amabilidad y paciencia. Fernanda tiene más de 8 años de experiencia en enfermer ía dental, disfruta tocar al Maracatu, un ritmo brasileño que se presenta en el carna val de Notting Hill.

Habla portugués y español


Fernanda se juntou a nossa equipe em janeiro de 2013, tornou-se um membro vital da equipe. Ela tem trabalhado em direta colaboração com o Dra. Soltani eo Dr. Voges ajudando-os com todo o tipo de tratamento dentário. Ela também trabalha com o Dr. Swanepoel como enfermeira dental ortodôntica. Fernan da é interessada em aprender todos os aspectos da odontologia. Ela é muito gentil com os pacientes e capaz de colocá-los em tranquilo por sua bondade e paciência. Fernanda tem mais de 8 anos de experiência em enfermagem dentária, gosta de tocar Maracatu, um ritmo brasileiro que é apresentado no Carnaval de Notting Hill.
Fale Português e Espanhol

Wendy Piercy

Dental Hygienist

Wendy Piercy qualified as a hygienist from the Eastman Dental hospital, London, in 1986. She is backed by more than 30 years experience, and has worked in various practices across London. She joined Surbiton Smile Centre in 2002.

Wendy is specialised in offering our patients preventive care. She provides professional cleaning, as well as advice on how to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Claudia Azevedo

Administrator & RND Nurse

Claudia joined the team in March 2014 as a full-time receptionist. She quickly became an asset to the practice, Claudia is friendly and welcoming. Her interest in dentistry soon became apparent and she starts a dental nurse course in May 2015.

Claudia is head receptionist and is a vital team member leading the everyday running of reception. Claudia has excellent customer service skills and is happy to help and answer any questions or queries patients have whilst visiting Surbiton Smile Centre dental practice.

Claudia speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish.


Claudia se unió al equipo en marzo de 2014 como recepcionista a tiempo completo. Ella rá pidamente se convirtió en un activo para la práctica, Claudia es amabl e y acogedora. Su interés por la odontología pronto se hizo evidente y ella inicia un curs o de enfermera dental en mayo de 2015. Claudia es recepcionista principal y es un miembro vital del equipo que dirige el funcionamiento diario de la recepción. Claudia tiene excelentes habilidades de servicio al cliente y está encantado de ayudar y responder a cualquier pregunta o co nsulta que los pacientes tengan mientras visitan la clínica dental Surbiton Smile Center. Hablar portugués, españ ol e italiano

Claudia se juntou ao Time em março de 2014 como recepcionista em tempo integral. Ela rapidamente se tornou um vital para a clinica, Claudia é amig ável e acolhedora. Seu interesse em odontologia logo se tornou aparente e ela inicia um curso de enfermagem odont ol ógica em maio de 2015. Claudia é recepcionista principal e é um membro vital da equipe que co nduz o funcionamento diário da recepção. Claudia tem excelentes habilidades de atendimento ao cliente e está feliz em ajudar e responder a quaisquer perguntas ou dúvidas queos pacientes tenham quando visitam a clinica Surbiton Smile Center. Fala português, espanhol e italiano

Contact Surbiton Smile Centre today

Please get in touch if you are concerned about any aspect of your dental health. We will treat you fairly and honestly - and we look forward to being able to help you.

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